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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) NATIVE PERENNIAL

Pot Size
Colour
Orange

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Native Perennial. Ontario grown.

A native North American wildflower, this is the primary source of food for the both the adult and juvenile Monarch Butterfly, and is often included in butterfly gardens. Plants form an upright clump of narrow green leaves, bearing showy clusters of orange or gold flowers in mid to late summer. The seed pods that follow are used in dried arrangements, and should be picked and dried while still green. Very late to come up in the spring, so mark the spot by planting daffodils or other companion bulbs. Needs well-drained sandy soil. Chosen as the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year by The Perennial Plant Association. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

USDA Zones: 4-9

Sun Exposure
  Full Sun

Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid

Soil Moisture
  Dry

Care Level
  Easy

Flower Colour
  Gold
  Mixed
  Orange

Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer

Foliage Color
  Light Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Massed
  Poisonous/Toxic
  Wild Flower

Flower Head Size
  Medium

Height
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches

Spread
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches

Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Slow


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